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The Virgin and Child enthroned, with Four Angels by Quentin Massys (1464/5-1530)
Reproduced by permission of The Trustees, The National Gallery, London
Track(s) taken from CDH55374
Recording details: March 1992
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: October 1992
Total duration: 14 minutes 42 seconds

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Planxit autem David
? circa 1500; 4vv
author of text
2 Samuel 1: 17-27, adapted

Other recordings available for download
The Binchois Consort, Andrew Kirkman (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Very little is known about the motet cycle Planxit autem David. With a few minor modifications, the words are Biblical—David’s lament for Saul and Jonathan—and they have no obvious connection with the liturgy. Given the highly charged nature both of the text and Josquin’s sombre music, some sort of political allegory seems highly likely, but the work has not yet been linked with any specific event or person. Unlike the various motets in the Vultum tuum deprecabuntur cycle, which are musically independent from one another and were meant to be sung at different points in the Mass, the four movements of Planxit autem David are thematically related and must be performed one after another. Not only is the text a single continuous narrative; Josquin binds together the cycle by quoting the Gregorian reciting-tone for the Lamentations of Jeremiah in the first, third and fourth motets, each time at the words ‘How are the mighty fallen’.

from notes by John Milsom © 1992

Other albums featuring this work
'Josquin: Josquin and his contemporaries' (CDA67183)
Josquin: Josquin and his contemporaries

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